Julie Mcguire

Mixed signals over report cards need not be a concern

We received our daughter's Year Three report recently and I feel it does not reflect her ability or personality. The comments and grades don't really relate to things that were said by her teacher at the parents' evening.

Sunday, 15 July, 2012, 12:00am

Discipline: zero tolerance vs common sense

My son's school seems to have no disciplinary policy. He says that when students do something wrong, the teachers just tell them off and nothing else happens. He has told me about some serious incidents and now I am worried for my son's safety. What can I do about this?

8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Valuable lessons in world awareness

My son is in Primary Five and doesn't seem to take any interest in world affairs. I try to encourage him to read the newspaper and watch the news on television with me, but he'd rather play video games or watch television. Any ideas?

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Don't stop learning when the holidays roll around

We are going to Britain for most of the summer, staying with our extended family. Last summer holiday, my son didn't do much schoolwork, and I think his academic skills slipped. He struggles a bit at school. How can I make sure this doesn't happen again?

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Holding children back a year can do more harm than good

My son is one of the youngest in his Year Six class. He is doing quite well academically, but his teacher says he sometimes finds it hard to concentrate for long periods. He is very immature and finds it impossible to look after his things. When he recently went for a day visit to his future high school he lost his bag and sweatshirt.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

When school envy strikes, ask yourself if the class is really greener

I was quite happy with my daughter's primary school until last week when I visited my friend's son's school. It was really lovely and spacious with lots of expensive equipment, and now I am wondering whether I made the right choice. Is this kind of second-guessing common?

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Change to inquiry curriculum may only mean a different presentation

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Children must learn that homework is their own responsibility

My son is only in primary school, but he has a lot of homework and it's a struggle to make him do it. It sometimes includes lengthy research projects and he also gets Chinese homework as well as maths and English. All he wants to do after school is play sport, play with friends or go on the computer.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

It pays to know what your school fees do and don't cover

My husband and I have a modest income, and after my son recently enrolled in an international school we have already been asked for more money for basics. Other parents there are now telling me that we'll need to pay out yet more for trips and other extras. Shouldn't the fees cover all the costs of his education?

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

There is wisdom in teaching sex education

My Primary Six daughter is doing sex education at school, and I feel it's too early to be learning about this subject. I've tried to talk to her about it, but she's really embarrassed and just clams up. I don't want to pull her out of the lessons, as this would make her stand out in front of her friends.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How to exercise his organisational muscle

My son is very disorganised. His teachers always report that he has an untidy desk tray and never keeps his table tidy. He often gets in trouble for forgetting homework, even though I remind him to take it in. He doesn't seem able to improve. He's in Year Six now, and I'm worried that he won't be able to organise himself in high school, with all the different lessons and homework schedules.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Child safety relies on partnership between school and home

Recent media reports of an alleged attempted abduction of students at a local school have brought the issue of student security to the fore. By many measures, Hong Kong is a safe place to raise and educate children, certainly compared with some parts of the world. But that does not mean there is no need for sensible and measured vigilance.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Dealing with stealing and other schoolyard minefields

My son has been accused of stealing from another student's bag because a younger girl says she saw him do it. He has been very upset and I believe him when he says he didn't do it. He doesn't want to go to school anymore. What should I do?

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Parents play priceless role in making reading fun

My Year Five daughter is withdrawn from class several times a week by the special needs teacher for extra help with reading. She does struggle with reading, so I don't want her to lose the support, but she says a few children in the class make fun of her. She doesn't enjoy going because some children in her group are silly and naughty.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Make sure reasons for going to a maths centre add up

My friend sends both her children to a maths tutorial centre and tells me this has made all the difference to their achievement in school. My son is struggling a bit; should I do the same?

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am